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Case Name Avant v. Rice JC-FL-0009
Docket / Court 91-748 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1991, plaintiff filed a section 1983 action against employees of the Pinellas County Jail for opening his legal mail outside his presence. The district court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich) forwarded plaintiff's complaint to the consent monitor appointed in ... read more >
In 1991, plaintiff filed a section 1983 action against employees of the Pinellas County Jail for opening his legal mail outside his presence. The district court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich) forwarded plaintiff's complaint to the consent monitor appointed in the Davis v. Roberts case (JC-FL-012) pursuant to the consent decree established to resolve problems related to unconstitutional jail conditions and practices. The monitor recommended that plaintiff's complaint be closed for insufficient evidence. In addition, the court dismissed all of plaintiffs causes of action and entered judgment for defendants. Avant v. Rice, 1992 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17822 (M.D. Fla. 1992). The docket from PACER mirrors the actions discussed by the 1992 opinion.

Lauren Cutson - 05/25/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Pinellas County Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmate at the Pinellas County Jail alleging his mail was opened outside of his presence
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1992
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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Docket(s)
91-748-CIV-T-17A (M.D. Fla.) 06/08/2001
JC-FL-0009-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 11/19/1992 (1992 WL 359633 / 1992 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 17822) (M.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0009-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Kovachevich, Elizabeth Anne (M.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0009-0001 | JC-FL-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Jagger, Robert F. (Florida)
JC-FL-0009-0001 | JC-FL-0009-0001 | JC-FL-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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